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Definition of Disability

According to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), the term “disability” means, with respect to an individual,

  1. a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual;
  2. a record of such an impairment; or
  3. being regarded as having such an impairment.

Major life activities include, but are not limited to: learning, speaking, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, working or the ability to care for oneself. Under the protection of the ADA, a disabled person is ensured equal opportunity to fully participate in postsecondary education.